Leadership team

Under the direction of the Commanding Officer, and by supporting frontline police officers, this team of senior leaders from across the province works to enhance the safety and security of Nova Scotians.

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  1. Leadership team
  2. Biographies

Leadership team

Dan Morrow
Officer in Charge, Criminal Operations
Jeff Christie
Officer in Charge, Halifax Regional Detachment
Sean Auld
Officer in Charge, Support Services
Jason Popik
Officer in Charge, Federal Policing
Dustine Rodier
Officer in Charge, Administration and Personnel
Dustin Ward
Officer in Charge, Northeast Nova District

Biographies

Dan Morrow

Chief Superintendent Dan Morrow
Officer in Charge, Criminal Operations
  • Chief Superintendent Morrow, who has a diploma in instrumentation technology and a certificate in executive leadership, joined the RCMP in 1992. His 11 postings include roles in contract policing, traffic services and federal policing.
  • He has worked in urban, rural and fly-in locations, and spent nearly two decades serving in First Nation communities.
  • From 2002 to 2021, Chief Superintendent Morrow was a Detachment/District Commander; he developed community policing priorities and was responsible for operational and administrative functions.
  • Chief Superintendent Morrow has participated in numerous local, provincial, and national committees that focused on the development of equity, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation strategies within the RCMP.

Jeff Christie

Chief Superintendent Jeff Christie
Officer in Charge, Halifax Regional Detachment
  • Chief Superintendent Christie joined the RCMP in 1990 and was posted to Newfoundland, where he worked in five locations.
  • He then transferred to Nova Scotia in 2003 and served in multiple roles in Eskasoni, Colchester, Northeast Nova and Criminal Operations.
  • After heading to British Columbia in 2015, Chief Superintendent Christie was commissioned to the rank of inspector and became the Officer in Charge of Strategic Planning (Operations Strategy Branch).
  • He worked at the Sea to Sky Detachment, and later as Assistant Operations Officer for the Lower Mainland District, before becoming the Criminal Operations Officer for the Northwest Territories in 2019.

Sean Auld

Superintendent Sean Auld
Officer in Charge, Support Services
  • In 2018, Superintendent Auld came to the RCMP from the Halifax Regional Police (HRP), where he served for 28 years, two of which were on secondment to the RCMP in Ottawa.
  • During his time with HRP, he served as an investigator in various units. In 2011, he was promoted to Officer in Charge of Central Division and assigned as the Officer in Charge of the Public Safety Unit.
  • While at HRP, Superintendent Auld implemented a restorative justice-based program that saw persons charged with trafficking offences offered life and vocational skills.
  • From 2013 to 2015, Superintendent Auld served as the Officer in Charge of HRP's Operational Support team. And in 2016, he served as the Operational Planning Officer before being seconded to Federal Policing, International Program, as the Director of Peace Operations.
  • In 2019, Superintendent Auld transferred to Halifax District as the West Operations Officer. In 2020, he transferred to the position of Officer in Charge of Operational Policy.

Jason Popik

Superintendent Jason Popik
Officer in Charge, Federal Policing
  • After graduating from Depot in 1996, Superintendent Popik was posted to Alberta, where he worked general duty. In 2001, he transferred to Alberta's Major Crime Unit. He then moved to Edmonton's Major Crime - Project KARE Unit, where he gained extensive experience in serial homicide investigations.
  • In 2006, Superintendent Popik was promoted to corporal in the St. Albert Detachment General Investigative Section. And in 2009, he promoted to sergeant, leading the Detachment's operational and support units.
  • In 2012, Superintendent Popik transferred to Alberta's Covert Tactical Operations team, where he was the Undercover Backstopping Coordinator for the northwest region. He later promoted to Officer in Charge of Covert Tactical Operations.
  • Superintendent Popik, who taught within the National Negotiators Course between 2009 and 2014, arrived in Nova Scotia in 2016. He was the East Operations Officer for Halifax District before assuming both the East and West Operations Officer roles, where he led general duty operations for the District.
  • In 2019, Superintendent Popik assumed his current role as Nova Scotia's Federal Policing Criminal Operations Officer. He oversees all aspects of the Federal Policing Branch in the province, including the management of multi-jurisdictional files.

Dustine Rodier

Superintendent Dustine Rodier
Officer in Charge, Administration and Personnel
  • Superintendent Rodier began her career with the RCMP in 1994 as a dispatcher at the Surrey Detachment and an auxiliary member/firearms instructor. In 2000, as a regular member, she was posted to general duty at British Columbia's Richmond Detachment. She worked in the Plain Clothes Section; Property Crimes and the Serious Crimes Unit.
  • In 2010, Superintendent Rodier helped establish the first Special Victims Team within the Richmond Serious Crimes Unit, targeting major offences against the most vulnerable.
  • Superintendent Rodier transferred to New Brunswick's Federal Policing Unit in 2013, focusing on organized crime, proceeds of crime and money laundering. In 2016, she was promoted to Sergeant as the Detachment Commander for Hampton.
  • In 2018, Superintendent Rodier was promoted to Inspector and transferred to Nova Scotia as the Officer in Charge of Operational Support and the province's state-of-the-art Operational Communications Centre.
  • From 2021-2022, Superintendent Rodier was assigned as the Executive Officer to the Commanding Officer, where she worked on Division-wide initiatives supporting the RCMP's mandate across the province. In 2022, she was promoted to Administration and Personal Officer.

Dustin Ward

Superintendent Dustin Ward
Officer in Charge, Northeast Nova District
  • Superintendent Ward joined the RCMP in 2001. From Depot, he was posted to New Brunswick, where he worked in general duty policing in Perth-Andover, Tobique First Nation and Woodstock.
  • In 2007, Superintendent Ward returned to Depot as a Cadet Training Facilitator, and in 2009, he promoted to corporal as a Team Leader in the Police Driving Unit.
  • In 2010, he transferred to Nova Scotia and worked as a Detachment Policing Supervisor in Indian Brook.
  • In 2012, Superintendent Ward returned to New Brunswick and was promoted to sergeant at the Elsipogtog Detachment. He later transferred to the Northwest Territories, where he became staff sergeant and the Detachment Commander.
  • In 2019, Superintendent Ward transferred to Saskatchewan Headquarters and worked as a District Advisory non-commissioned officer with the South District Management Team. In 2020, he was commissioned and became Officer in Charge of the Northwest Region Departmental Security Section. Two years later, he transferred to the Division's Contract Support Services Officer in Charge position and then became the Officer in Charge of Indigenous Policing Services.
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